I'm happy to announce a follow-on bookbinding course for anyone that's previously studied with me at Artisan studio, starting 15 September 2016. Further your skills, enrich your knowledge and boost your creativity as you learn to make even more books in this 6 week evening class...
Weeks 4 & 5 were given over to the Longstitch with Linkstitch, the binding I most frequently use thanks to it's versatility, flexibility, strength and the opportunity it provides to make the most of exquisite leather. It's a 15th century limp leather German binding and is a delight to make. Here's an example:
Seems like everyone REALLY enjoyed learning this binding and lots have chosen to make it again next week in the Personal Project session to end the course. Here are some of the lovely books participants made:
I thoroughly enjoyed sharing this binding with you all and it was a joy to see all the fabulous colour combinations you chose. Well done, everyone - it's not the easiest of bindings and you all did really well!
See you next week - don't forget to bring all the books you've made so far on this course for a mass photo session, also your relevant worksheets & materials if you're bringing your own.
In week 3 of my bookbinding evening class we made paperback notebooks and sketchbooks using the pamphlet stitch with both one signature, and two. Here's some I made earlier:
And here are the books participants made during the workshop:
We covered some new terminology, including sheets, folios and signatures, and we we also looked at how the Pamphlet Stitch can be combined with bindings from Week 1, Folded Forms.
Stitching through the fold of each signature will hopefully prepare us for the next two weeks' work on the Longstitch binding, where participants can choose leather or vegan synthetic PU to make a Medieval journal or sketchbook. Exciting!
If these blog posts have inspired you to want to make books, you can join me on my Autumn evening class which starts in September at Artisan Community Art Studio in Moordown, Dorset and costs £80 for 6 weeks, or email me if you'd like to be notified when I start offering PDF tutorials for sale - my summer project is to turn my class worksheets in to downloadable instructions so you can learn at your own pace, in your own home, wherever you are.
This week we looked at single sheet bindings, in particular Yotsume-Toji, more commonly known as the Japanese Stab Stitch. Single sheet binding are great for binding your own artwork or prints, as flip books or diaries. Don't forget that 15mm of the page is lost along the spine edge, so bear this in mind when planning your designs.
A sturdy awl is a must! The Japanese make the most amazing bookbinding tools. The slender one below is an example. For comfort, I often use the English awl which has a wooden handle that's a lot easier on the palm of the hand!
This is a book I made as an example to show the class, recycling a page from a magazine to cover the back board:
Our session at Artisan Community Art Studio went well, with everyone making a beautiful book to take home! It was really fun seeing the results of 8 different people's decisions on materials; from traditional bookcloth and marbled papers, to wrapping paper featuring a map of Paris and recycled art journal pages. The designs and colour combinations were very impressive and here are some pictures:
Thank you to everyone who came and for letting me share pictures of your work. See you next week!
Just one week until my bookbinding evening class starts! Are you coming? Bring yourself, a few pieces of silver for the tea and biscuit tin, and any interesting papers you might want to use.
We'll be looking at folded book forms in week 1, including the Turkish Map Fold, the Double Gatefold, The Accordion and the Hot Dog. We'll discuss developing their basic forms, incorporating them into other bindings and adding content to make Artist's Books.
See you there! We start at 7 so arrive a few minutes early to get settled in.
P.S If you missed out on the Spring course, I'm running it again in September.
All dimensions indicate external dimensions of the closed book. Memory Books have 128 pages of heavy cartridge paper; Guest Books, Journals & Sketchbooks have 192 pages of cartridge paper, counted all sides. 'Slim' books have 96 pages. Pagination can be adjusted a little for bespoke books.
|A4 Large Portrait||12 inches or 305 mm||8.5 inches or 215 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A4 Large Landscape||8.5 inches or 215 mm||12 inches or 305 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A5 Medium Landscape||6 inches or 155 mm||8.5 inches or 215 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A5 Medium Portrait||8.5 inches or 215 mm||6 inches or 155 mm||1.5 inches or 35 mm|
|A6 Small Landscape||4.5 inches or 114 mm||6 inches or 155 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A6 Small Portrait||6 inches or 155 mm||4.5 inches or 114 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
104 pages of 100gsm paper
|One Size||3 inches or 76 mm||2.25 inches or 60 mm||20 mm or 0.75 inches|
60 pages of 130 gsm paper
|One Size||6 inches or 148 mm approx.||4.5 inches or 108 mm approx.||20 mm or 0.75 inches|
With Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper
|A4 Large||297 mm or 11.5 inches approx.||205mm or 8.25 inches approx.||64 pages|
|A5 Medium||210 mm or 5.75 inches approx.||145 mm or 5.75 inches approx.||56 pages|
|A6 Small||150 mm or 6 inches approx.||100 mm or 4 inches approx.||48 pages|
|A7 Pocket||106 mm or 4.25 inches approx.||72 mm or 2.75 inches approx.||40 pages|
8 pages of heavy cartridge paper
|A5 Medium Portrait||TBC|
|A6 Small Landscape|